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Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal (Hardback)
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Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 28/08/2014
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Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue follows his quest for the "perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters -- from a passionate palmist to a flying lama -- who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu's very first escalator). Greenwald doesn't shy away from Shangri-la's darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal's violent "People Power" Revolution in April 1990.

A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal's tumultuous recent history -- including the massacre of the royal family -- in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book's first publication. Shopping for Buddhas remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.

Publisher: Travelers' Tales, Incorporated
ISBN: 9781609521578
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 241 g
Dimensions: 204 x 131 mm
Edition: 25th Anniversary Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A wonderful travel companion for anyone who wants to view afresh the wonders and oddness of humankind."
--Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement

"Jeff Greenwald could take a trip to Costco to buy socks, and I'd want to hear the story. A thousand thumbs up!"
--Mary Roach, author of Gulp

"Reading Shopping for Buddhas was a huge relief! Someone who loves the joyful Dharma still seeing the earthy humor in the behavior of Buddhists, who also just happen to be human!"
--Robert Thurman, co-founder of Tibet House

"The classic book on Nepal, deftly written with affection, respect, and much humor."
--Tim Cahill, author of Pass the Butterworms

"Kathmandu forged an unbreakable link to my innermost travel instincts on my first visit, over 40 years ago--and every time I open a copy of Jeff's magical book, I'm reminded exactly why."
--Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications

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